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Elon Musk and Twitter’s AI


Do you love thrifting, readers? Hello, I’m Emilia David, and I’ve made it a goal to shop second hand as much as possible.

Thrift shopping has grown in popularity over the past few years. Featured in a new report from online consignment store ThredUp Nearly 30% of Gen Z buy used items To afford the high end label. It’s not just a generational quirk. Heck, I’ve mainly furnished my apartment with secondhand furniture.

So while I get on with planning to save this weekend, let’s get started on today’s tech news.


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Elon Musk Laughing Microphone

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1. Elon Musk’s personal AI ambitions. Elon Musk was one of the more prominent names Open letter calling for a pause in AI development, my partner asia martin Turns out that Musk’s position on AI contrasts with Twitter’s investment in generative AI.

  • Opponents of calls to halt AI state that there is an element of self-interest to hold back on developing new AI models. Twitter’s Recent Purchases The hardware typically used to develop generative AI products shows the extent of this ambition.
  • It’s unclear what Twitter plans to use its new graphics processing units (GPUs) for, but the investment shows that Twitter and Musk are intensifying their push into AI.
  • Musk has been critical of AI in general, and has been openly hostile to ChatGPT creator OpenAI, which he helped found.

Read more about Elon Musk’s AI ambitions.


In other news:

Generative agent study screenshot

A screenshot of the study “Generative Agents: Interactive Simulacra of Human Behavior”

arXiv/Cornell University



2. A virtual city full of AI avatars. Researchers turned 25 AI agents loose — basically, virtual people — in a virtual town called Smallville to see if they developed believable social behaviors. Spoiler, they did. Read more here.

3. Salesforce is cracking down on overtime pay. Under pressure from investors to improve profits, Insider reports Salesforce employees are getting pre-approval for overtime longer than three hours. here’s why.

4. Is Elon Musk’s Chaotic Management Style Working? Twitter owner Elon Musk said the social media app is “roughly breaking even”. insider Hasan Chowdhary Says his style works in the short term, but he needs to do more than become an agent of chaos. Here’s more.

5. Congress should pass crypto regulations. The global policy head of blockchain data firm Chainalysis said the US needs to pass clear crypto regulations so companies don’t choose to go elsewhere. Read why here.

6. Red light, green light… white light? A study proposes that US cities create an additional traffic light stop color to make self-driving cars safer. Learn more here.

7. Meet the new breed of generative AI startups. Venture capital has started circling around the latest batch of startups from the latest class of major startup boot camp Y Combinator, just a week after their demo day. Here’s more.

8. The fame of the Amazon union president, and the rift opened. Chris Small, who helped found the Amazon Labor Union, has found his organization disintegrating. Insider spoke to people close to the union effort about what they said went wrong. Read more.


odds and ends:

Attendees walk by a Nintendo booth showing off a Nintendo Switch

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9. OpenAI will pay you for reporting bugs. ChatGPT maker OpenAI will pay users up to $20,000 for reporting flaws in its AI algorithms and software. Learn more here.

10. Something to think about before getting the fancy new Nintendo Switch, It’s a good idea to protect your Switch console when you bring it with you. internal review team Here curated 13 of the best Switch cases.


What we’re looking at today:

  • Delta Airlines will report earnings today. Esports company Gamessquare Holdings will also release earnings.
  • A summit showcasing advances in mobile, advertising and software ends today at Texpo Los Angeles, Los Angeles.

Curated by Emilia David in New York. (Feedback or suggestions? Email edavid@insider.com or tweet @miyadavid.) Edited by Matt Weinberger (Tweet @gamoid) San Francisco and Hallam Bullock (Tweet @hallam_bullock) in London.



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